HMB High Final Comp at Lane a Scorcher:
King Neptune really smiled benevolently upon our surfers for the final regular season competition at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on Sunday. As the day warmed up the swell filled in, the tide dropped and it turned into a classic "froth fest" at the Lane with a light offshore breeze and large glassy surf on tap building into the finals. Positioning for the best waves was extremely tricky as the tide drop and swell rise saw surfers switch between hugging the cliff at the Slot in the morning to swinging wide and even motoring over to Middle Peak by the afternoon. Some even made that move mid-heat to their advantage. The Cougars rose to meet the sublime conditions and finish out with a big win over SC Mountain by a margin of 80 to 56. What an epic season for HMB, who won 4 out of 5 of their contests this year, growing as surfers and competitors while displaying great sportsmanship.
Led by a hungry men's shortboard squad HMB sent 2 out of 3 surfers in each of its heats to the next round, as did the men's and women's longboard team to secure the big win. In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (1) and Luke Eveslage (3) advanced, as did Thomas Lundgard (1) and Malcolm Feix (2). As for women's shortboard, Kaira Wallace (2) advanced and in Co-ed bodyboard Kelby Kramer (1) made it through. The longboard team really stepped it up too, as Hunter (1) and Malcolm (2) dominated their team heat, while Kalea Johnson (1) and Kaira Wallace (2) did the same in women's longboard.
In men's shortboard quarter finals the field was whittled down as Griffin Tietz, Luke Eveslage and Malcolm Feix were unlucky to exit there, while in women's shortboard Kyla Kemp and Kalea Johnson made it as far as the quarters. Senior Kyla got a couple Middle Peak bombs to punctuate her successful high school career. Cole Miller found some hollow runners in men's longboard semi, but ended his run there along with Malcolm Feix who got caught out of sync between the two peaks in the rising swell. Mia O'Brien and Kalea Johnson courageously navigated the heavy waters to reach as far as the semis in women's longboard.
A couple highlights leading into the finals bear consideration, as Kelby Kramer was rewarded after pulling into some massive close-outs on bodyboard in the semis and finals that nearly "destroyed" him. Hunter Murison threw down some risky double-grab rotators (aerials) and straight airs, but still advanced in second in his semis along with Thomas Lundgard, who was sharp on his backside attack all day long. Kaira Wallace peaked a hair early in the semis in women's short- and longboard, winning both with aggressive top turns and clinical cross-stepping before running out of gas in the finals. That gave us another pair of double-finalists with Hunter and Kaira displaying impressive stamina, focus and poise all day.
Bodyboard: Kelby Kramer - 5th
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 4th
Men's Longboard: Hunter Murison - 3rd
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 3rd
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard 5th, Hunter Murison 6th
How much fun was that? Next we head off to Oceanside in San Deigo for State Championships from April 5-7.
Mike, Kerri and Chris
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE HEAT SCHEDULE AT THE LANE SUNDAY FROM SUSAN COFFEY:
Daylight savings starts Saturday night, which means it's going to be too dark to start running heats at 7:00 (and feel even earlier than normal). So we're moving the start time back to 8:00. Please make sure your surfers reset their clocks, and show up at the right time!
Round one starts at 8:00
Round two starts at 9:30
Round three starts at 11:00
Individual heats start at 12:30.
See you Sunday,
HMB High Surf Team Practice and Comp Schedule:
We will be holding a tune-up practice at the Jetty on Friday at 4 p.m. ahead of our final regular season competition on Sunday at the Lane at 10 a.m. The Jetty has had waves this week and it would be good to run a couple heats to get ready -- no points, since our roster is all set. Don't stress if you can't make it.
The forecast is looking pretty darn good for Sunday with a building swell, light NW (offshore) winds and a modest tide build. The recent south windswell has also reportedly pushed some sand up against the cliffs, which will help the wave shape. Should be a great end to the season.
**Please bring your individual forms for SSS states championships for me to sign, then you can send them in to their Cardiff headquarters well before the March 17 deadline.**
See ya there,
Coaches Mike, Kerri, Chris
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule and Lifeguard Training:
1) No practice Friday due to storms and rain
2) Sunday 9 a.m. Montara (will confirm if heats and location shift)
Guard Jeff Wadkins met with a few of us on Sunday to offer to swim-run-swim training every Wednesday at 4 pm meeting at Kelly Ave. starting tomorrow for those interested. This is great training for the surf team and guards, which will be testing for summer positions on March 15 in HMB at 9 a.m. (must be 16 and have a licence). Youth aides for Junior Guards will be testing in April. I have fliers for those interested in seasonal guarding and/or you can contact Jeff at jeff.wadkins(at)gmail.com or 831-419-0736 for more info.
CalHi Sports Surf Team Coverage:
...for any who missed the big show
We will be at Kelly Tuesday 2.25.14 @ 6:45am. We will send a text to the group if there is to be any change.
Marty & Oliver
HMB High Surf Team Practice Schedule:
1) Friday "Free Surf"
2) Sunday - Kelly - 9 a.m. Heats
Due to the Presidents week break we'll take a pass on Friday (onshore late), though winds and weather should turn more favorable as the swell subsides this weekend. Sunday we may run heats and go over important points on heat positioning for the next comp at the Lane coming right up on Mar-9, if there are enough surfers back in town.
See ya there,
Mike, Kerri, Chris
P.S. If you haven't already seen them, there are some good shots of our team from the Feb-15 Pleasure Point Comp on SantaCruzWaves.com:
HMB High Surf Team Results at Pleasure Point:
The Cougars (55) on Saturday came up a few points shy this week against their arch-rivals Santa Cruz High (71), which fielded a very talented squad on their home break. We were also missing two seniors, which made it a tall hill to climb from the outset. The contest was shifted from The Hook to the Point at the last minute due to the small surf on tap, which proved to be a great call to get through the high tide lulls with inconsistent but contestable conditions for most of the day. That is never our strong suit, but made the advance of several individuals to the finals and two surfers making it through to two finals each all the more exemplary.
In men's shortboard Hunter Murison (2) and Thomas Lundgard (2) advanced from the team round, while in women's shortboard Kaira Wallace (1) made it through. Both Kelby Kramer (1) and Coel Miller (2) advanced from bodyboard, which was our strongest category. In men's longboard Hunter Murison (3) made his heat with some fancy cross-stepping and in women's longboard Kaira Wallace (2) also advanced.
Luke Evelslage bowed out in the quarters for men's shortboard, along with Grayson Capers and Hunter Murison as the flukey and soft conditions got the better of our power surfers, while Kelby Kramer and Malcolm Feix advanced as far as the semis in bodyboard. Four surfers made it all the way through to the finals with some savvy wave selection, tack-sharp surfing and last-minute heroics. Thomas Lundgard was the last man standing for HMB in shortboard, but was held off some the best set waves by the competition. Coel Miller was the standout men's Cougar for the day, finaling in two out of three events, really stepping up for the team and having a great time to boot. Kaira Wallace made two finals with last-minute back-up waves and Hunter Murison, much to his own surprise, made a longboard final with combinations of sharp cut-backs and nimble cross-stepping.
Bodyboard: Coel Miller - 3rd
Women's Longboard: Kaira Wallace - 2nd
Men's Longboard: Hunter Murison - 5th, Coel Miller 6th
Women's Shortboard: Kaira Wallace - 4th
Men's Shortboard: Thomas Lundgard - 6th
Great job all! Next comp will be at the Lane on March 9th.
Mike, Kerri and Chris
Duck Diving Tips:
See the link below for detailed duck diving tips by Holly Beck. This is especially relevant to girl team surfers, demonstrating technique and foot placement tricks. It also has suggestions on how to modify your dives for bigger boards and opening your eyes underwater to find seams of to slip through when waves are bigger and turbulent:
High School Surf Team Practice/Comp Schedule and CalHi Video:
The high school squad will only have practice "free surfs" on Friday and Sunday due to the competition at The Hook on Saturday. Be sure to be at the Hook by 7:30 a.m. to grab parking and warm up surf (team comp starts at 8:30 a.m. against Santa Cruz High). The good news is that there should be swell, but it will be accompanied by stiff south (onshore) winds -- you should look at this as a great opportunity to advance, since we train in all conditions.
CalHiSports filmed us at the Pleasure Point contest last month and we will be the first high school surf team featured on their show, which will air on Sunday at 6 p.m. on KOFY TV channel 20 (cable 13) and repeat at 10 p.m. If you miss it then, Comcast SportsNet will run it between 3-5 p.m. between Sharks and/or Warriors games. We will appear in the middle of the hour-long show. Congratulations all!
See ya at the Hook,
Mike, Kerri, Chris